Destination Solitaire

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Interesting, fun variation on classic card game.

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Simple controls, easy to learn.

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Players can spend real-world currency or watch ads to buy boosts and keep playing.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Destination Solitaire is a card game that's safe for all ages. While it has no objectionable content, players can spend real money to buy boosts or to keep playing when they run out of turns, though they can also watch ads to do this. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Because it's a card game, there's no story to DESTINATION SOLITAIRE. Instead, it's just a series of solitaire games, but with the rules reversed and different card layouts for each level. Just don't tell the flight attendant who's your guide in the game; she seems really invested in her work. Also, this should not be confused with the Destination Solitaire app on Android, which is a different game entirely.

Is it any good?

While solitaire is such a perfect card game that it never gets old, this variation manages to be interesting and engaging, too. Working in reverse, Destination Solitaire deals out a bunch of cards -- some face down, some face up -- and then gives you one to play with. If any of the dealt cards are one up or one down from the card you're playing, you can tap on it and make it the card you have to play next. In other words, if you're playing a 7 card, and there's either a 6 or an 8, you can tap them, regardless of their color or suit, and then you next have to play the 6 or 8 (this also may reveal the card below it). If you don't have a 6 or an 8, you then play the next card from the deck. You'll also sometimes take a card that will let you remove all the cards of that color that are face up from the dealt section. There are even times when, because you've cleared a bunch of the right cards in a row, you can get a bonus if you then clear a specific card before time runs out. Regardless, the objective remains the same: clearing all of the dealt cards before you run out of the ones in your deck. None of which makes this as effortlessly fun as normal solitaire, but as computerized card games go, Destination Solitaire is still an interesting and engaging take on a classic. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about doing things on your own. Solitaire is a game meant to be played by one person. Why is it important to be able to spend time alone?

  • Talk about thinking strategically. This game requires you to use a little bit of strategy. How can thinking strategically -- that is, thinking before you act -- help you in your everyday life?

  • Discuss managing money. While you can spend money to buy boosts or keep playing, you can also watch ads or just wait. Which of these seems most economical?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 20, 2017
  • Category: Card Games
  • Size: 308.00 MB
  • Publisher: MobilityWare
  • Version: 1.6.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 3.1 and up

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